SEA BRIGHT: The borough will begin charging people to access Anchorage Beach this summer.
The beach was previously a free beach used primarily by surfers and fisherman, but the borough council agreed during its April 16 meeting that access to the beach will require a badge beginning Memorial Day weekend.
Access to the beach will continue to be free during the week but a badge will be required on Saturdays and Sundays.
Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the cost for staffing the beach with guards and badge checkers is about $270 a day. The council agreed that the badge sales could offset that cost on the weekends but not the weekend.
Mayor Dina Long expressed some reservations about charging the public to enter the beach but agreed that the additional revenue it would create for the borough would helpful.
The borough installed a new bathroom and access ramp to the beach following Hurricane Sandy.
The beach is located just north of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge and has a small lot with about 40 spaces in front of it. The borough will try to make sure those parking in the lot are only using it for beach access.
The council has also agreed to allow water to be sold at beach access stations this summer.